Jennifer Jahrling Forese Writer-in-Residence in Narrative Nonfiction (Spring 2025)

Colby College

Waterville, ME, Maine

Date Posted January 12, 2024
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Colby College’s Creative Writing Program is accepting applications for a Narrative Nonfiction writer for the Spring 2025 Jennifer Jahrling Forese Residency.

Colby College’s Jennifer Jahrling Forese Residency is a semester-long opportunity for a writer to work on a new project while contributing to Colby’s thriving literary community. The Program is seeking a narrative nonfiction writer for Spring 2025. We encourage writers working in various narrative nonfiction forms—longform journalism, essays, digital storytelling, autotheory, etc.—to apply.

Duties include teaching one class designed by the resident(s) in consultation with Program faculty; giving one public presentation of work-in-progress and one public lecture or workshop to a general audience; scheduling office hours; working with selected students one-on-one; and interacting with the broader Waterville community. In addition to a generous honorarium, Colby provides the writer-in-residence with housing in downtown Waterville and a stipend for expenses.

Qualifications:  An MFA, terminal degree in a related field, or professional experience equivalent to a terminal degree; at least one published book or significant publication record; and experience teaching at the undergraduate level. We are committed to actively building a workplace that benefits from authentically multicultural, multiethnic, multiclass, and gender-inclusive approaches to teaching and learning. Candidates from historically marginalized communities and backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, detailed description of the proposed undergraduate course, a writing sample of no more than twenty pages, and two confidential letters of reference. Materials can be posted to Interfolio:

Deadline:  March 30, 2024

Address inquiries about the Jennifer Jahrling Forese Writer-in Residence program to the Creative Writing Program Director, Professor Adrian Blevins,

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes personnel decisions on the basis of the individual’s qualifications to contribute to Colby’s educational objectives and institutional needs. The principle of not discriminating on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, caste, national or ethnic origin, marital status, genetic information, political beliefs, veteran or military status, parental status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, physical or mental disability unrelated to the job or course of study requirements is consistent with the mission of a liberal arts college and the law.